We continue to keep Granger Smith and his family in our prayers for healing. They have endured what is likely the worst pain imaginable, having lost their youngest son River last month in a drowning accident. As the singer and his wife have been struggling to make sense of what happened, and have come up with some unexpectedly beautiful and poignant moments in the wake of the tragedy.
Granger posted on his family YouTube channel Monday (July 22), updating his fans as to where he and wife Amber are at in their grief process. He added that they’ve been contacted by many people who are in a similar situation dealing with loss and grief, including several who have specifically lost a child.
Smith explained that everything came full circle on July 22, while out on tour with Garth Brooks. The singer decided to tribute his late son, having his brother come out with a red balloon inscribed with a message to River. Smith let it out to the crowd, with a wish to his late son. He also added a message to all that music can truly heal.
His 3-year-old died on June 6th in a drowning accident at the family’s home. The Smiths have carried on River’s legacy is by raising money in his name through sales of a tribute shirt. The couple delivered a check for $218,791 on June 25 to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, where River received treatment after his accident.